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105-year-old trolley continues to please passengers in northern Colorado

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (KDVR) — Trolleys used to be a serious type of transportation. Now they’re all however gone.

Fort Collins has been doing its half in preserving historical past alive by preserving “Birney” the streetcar in enterprise.

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They say there’s simply one thing concerning the sights, sounds and really feel of driving a trolley that takes you again — even when you’ve got by no means been again.

“The experiences of going back in time. It’s going back, it’s a feeling, as you can tell the motion of the cars, seeing people wave. Everybody loves the trolley,” stated Craig Kozak, assistant lead conductor.

Dan Daru and Birney the streetcarDan Daru and Birney the streetcar

Dan Daru and Birney the streetcar

Fort Collins streetcar constructed in 1919

Car 21 was constructed in 1919 and retired in 1951. In 1984, Car 21 was absolutely restored by volunteers. It nonetheless runs immediately by devoted volunteers, like motorman Bethany O’Brien.

“It’s the best job on the trolley. You have to have a delicate touch. It’s definitely more of an art than a muscle thing. You have to have an awareness of ahead of you and behind you on the street,” O’Brien stated.

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The complete line these days is a couple of mile and a half lengthy, nonetheless on authentic tracks and nonetheless on Mountain Avenue in Fort Collins.

When automotive 21 is on the finish of the road, it doesn’t flip round — however the seats do. All the seats are constructed to be flipped again to face the wrong way.

“To be part of the history and be able to share this with people just thrills me a bunch,” Kozak stated.

“I was fascinated by it. I’m actually a veterinarian, so very different field, and I wanted to learn how to drive the car,” O’Brien stated.

People immediately will inform you Car 21 doesn’t actually take you anyplace. We disagree.

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